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Facebook for Schools - 10 Steps for top mark

Web Bureau


11 September 2012 by Web Bureau

 

 

Facebook is an excellent opportunity for schools to connect with families and share information. If a school is consistent in keeping the information updated and accurate, people will come to rely on the Facebook Page as a resource to find out (about) what’s going on at the school.

Here are a few guidelines to get you started.............

1. Your Cover Photo

Your Facebook cover photo is the first thing that is going to capture your audience. 

Here are some tips for your picture:

Show off your campus

Highlight what you’re known for

Include your students

Show off landmarks

Promote key Alumni

Go off campus

Make sure the photo is high quality and sized correctly (851px X 315px).


2. Make your ‘About’ page interesting

One of the first things a new visitor will do on your Facebook page is check out your “about” information.

Make sure you take full advantage of this area. Follow these tips to fill out your “about” section in a way that makes it useful to those who read it…

Add your mission statement

Make sure to include all your contact info

Enter your address w/ map

Include links to your website and other social networks

Include calls-to-action


3. Fill in Your History and Milestones 

Think of at least five milestones that help tell your story and add pictures to illustrate them. Here are a few quick ideas to help you start…

Date when school was founded

Significant accomplishments, awards, recognitions, etc

Launch of new programs, colleges/schools, community work, etc

Significant sporting events

Graduations

New deans, principals, presidents, etc…

Significant community outreach/services/programs

4. Share Photos

Photos are an excellent way to showcase school culture. A school may choose to use photos to highlight a variety of aspects of the school, including:

Celebrations of student work

Field trips

Experiential learning activities

Assemblies or school-wide celebrations

Recognition of individual students for excellence

5. Share Videos

Likewise, videos can be used to showcase different things, including:

A variety of learning, including different subjects and age groups

Assemblies or school-wide events

Community meetings

High caliber teaching and student engagement

Students, teachers, and members of the community discussing what makes the school special

Songs, chants, or cheers that are used as a part of school culture or academics

Sporting events

Plays, concerts and other performances

6. Share upcoming events

A Facebook Page is an excellent opportunity for a school to post upcoming events using the Facebook Events app. This app not only allows people to RSVP, but can also lead to increased attendance at functions and allow the school to update attendees and remind them about the event.

7. Make school announcements

Facebook is a great space for schools to make announcements to parents and students. Consistency is the key here. If the page is consistently updated with school news, followers will develop an expectation that they can count on the Facebook Page when they want to learn about something concerning the school. 

8. Use Facebook discussions

One opportunity lies in the Discussions tab on the Facebook Page. A school can create a discussion about a specific topic and allow members of the community to share their thoughts within the thread. Admins will be able to moderate the thread and remove any posts that are inappropriate.

9. Get the Most out of Your Posts

The most important goal your Facebook page should have is to create engagement. You need to build relationships with your community and encourage them to connect with you.

So how do you create more engagement?

Pinning posts allows you to keep your important messages at the top of your Facebook page for seven days.

Highlighting posts gives you the opportunity to make certain things stand out on your page.

Promoting posts enables you to reach a larger audience.


10. Pay Attention to Your Fans

Facebook’s Timeline for businesses makes it such that fan-initiated engagement and content takes a back seat to brand-initiated engagement and content. This means Facebook no longer puts fan posts directly into your wall.

This means you need to actively monitor what your fans are doing on your page and, when appropriate, highlight their content.

Here’s how to highlight fan content… Go to the Admin bar at top of your fan page (you’ve got to be logged in as an admin). Then hit the Edit page button > Use Activity Log. Dig through the activity log to find posts from your fans that you want to highlight. Once you find something you can hit the little circle located to the right of the activity, click on it, and select “Highlight on Page”.

You’ve just made one fan very happy!

Please Note:

Before sharing any information about any student, school leaders must ensure they’ve obtained consent from the child’s guardian. Additionally, schools should avoid sharing last names of students as this can potentially jeopardize their safety (and may be illegal). With a little work, schools can benefit from Facebook without risking anyone’s safety.

 

 

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